NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIAT) –Sesame Street has used muppets to tackle tough issues like divorce, hunger and military deployment.
Now the popular children’s television series is expanding its “Little Children, Big Challenges” series by introducing a new muppet whose father is in jail.
The muppet, named Alex, is part of Sesame Workshop’s online tool kit which aims to help children understand and cope with parental incarceration.
And it helps caregivers talk about the subject with children.
While the character has raised a few eyebrows with people, 1 in 28 American children reportedly have a parent in prison.